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MYSTI Rubrics & Scoring


Note: Subject to Change – Please contact [email protected] for current format

Proposal Evaluation:

Problem Statement (20%) 

*What problem in your community do you intend to solve? Why is this problem important to your community and how does it relate to the given theme?

*What types of resources do you plan to use to complete your research?

Hypothesis (20%)

*State your hypothesis and describe how it could help solve your problem. 

*How do you plan to measure the validity of your hypothesis?   

*How do you plan to measure the success of your hypothesis?

Data Collection and Analysis Strategy (50%)

*There are many questionable sources of information found on the internet or person to be interviewed.  How will you determine if your research information is valid and scientifically acceptable?

*State your proposed experimental process and procedures.  

*State the types of data you will be collecting and the types of analysis you will be conducting and how do you plan to organize your data in support of your research project.

Planned Schedule (10%)

*Outline a tentative schedule of your time commitment and the tasks that you plan to accomplish in support of the project.  

Mid-term Evaluation:

Data Collection and Analysis Strategy (90%)

*Explain the resources that you used and the challenges that you are experiencing, if any.

*Explain the analysis that you have performed and the trends in your results.

*Explain any mid-course correction/changes in the planned approach, and why such changes are needed?

*Explain what your data indicate in support t of your hypothesis

Planned Schedule (10%)

*Update your schedule, if any, and explain any significant changes on the planned schedule and state the reasons for such changes.

Final Evaluation:

Application of the Scientific Method (50%)

*Effective use of scientific methods and problem-solving strategies

*Research is extensive and sources are reputable

*Conclusions formulated are logical based on data collected

Benefit to the Community (20%)

*Proposed solution could have a positive impact on the whole/partial community

*Direct demonstration of the benefit of the solution on the community

*Potential that the proposed solution might be implemented

Innovation, Creativity, and Originality (30%)

*Creative use of data collection and data analysis

*Creative model to represent the solution and implementation strategy


Note: A minimum score of 80% is recommended for subsequent continuation into next year.